President Ghani brought attention to the glaring cancer deaths in the country while addressing a national symposium in Kabul on fight against cancer. He said that 80 percent of 20,000 cancer patients die annually in Afghanistan.
He ridiculed the health officials for lack of measures to tackle the problem.
“You have not reached out to me even a single day to discuss what to do on cancer. This is not acceptable,” Ghani said.
Ghani said that fight against cancer may be costly, but it is important to save lives and added that there should be clear distinction between cancer diagnosis and curing centres, and there should be measures and specialities in place for different type of cancers in different provinces of Afghanistan.
“Corruption is the biggest factor behind our lack of focus,” Ghani conceded.